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May 7, 2015

Swiss Guard’s New Recruits

Swiss Guard’s New Recruits

In the midst of rumored terrorist threats against the pontiff and possible assaults on the Vatican, 32 new members of the Swiss Guards swore on Wednesday to sacrifice their lives if necessary to keep Pope Francis safe. Each year new members of the world’s smallest army take their oath on May 6, recalling the date in 1527 when 147 Swiss Guards died defending Pope Clement VII during a sack of Rome by Emperor Charles V.

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New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard stand at attention during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS

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New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard stand at attention during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS

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New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard stand at attention during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS

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New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard stand at attention during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS

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A new recruit of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard gestures while holding a flag during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS

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New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard stand at attention during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS

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A new recruit of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard stands at attention during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS

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New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard march before the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS

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New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard stand at attention during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS

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New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard march during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS

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A new recruit of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard plays an instrument as they march during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS

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New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard march during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS

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New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard march during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS

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A new recruit of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard gestures while holding a flag during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS

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New Vatican Swiss guards adjust their uniforms prior to a swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican POOL/REUTERS

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New Vatican Swiss guards polish their uniforms prior to a swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican POOL/REUTERS

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New Vatican Swiss Guards adjust their uniforms prior to a swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican POOL/REUTERS

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Vatican Swiss guard Dominic Bergamin kisses his wife Joanne prior to a swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican POOL/REUTERS

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Vatican Swiss Guard Dominic Bergamin is helped by his wife Joanne prior to a swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican POOL/REUTERS

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New Vatican Swiss guards adjust their uniforms prior to a swearing-in ceremony in Vatican POOL/REUTERS

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